EXPERTS SPEAK OUT ON REVISED DEC GUIDELINES FOR DRILLING
This is a recording of a panel of experts presenting on the July '11 Preliminary Reveised SGEIS, recorded at the Tomkins Co. Women's Center, Ithaca NY
Grassroots activists, experts, and local officials concerned about protecting our environment and communities will offer information on the revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), the draft document released on July 8 that is designed to serve as the backbone for regulations on gas drilling in New York State.
In an effort to learn about the NY Department of Environmental Conservationsâs new 1,095-page guide (SGEIS) and help area residents prepare comments, a consortium of groups is convening a free, public forumâDrilling and the DEC: Responding to New Guidelinesâon Monday, July 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Womenâs Community Building, 100 W. Seneca St, Ithaca.
Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, will introduce and moderate the proceedings. She will be joined on the podium by well-known experts on various aspects of hydrofracking including:
Louis Allstadt, Former Executive Vice President, Mobil Oil Corporation
Tony Ingraffea, Ph.D., Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University Helen Slottje, Managing Attorney, Community Environmental Defense CouncilRoger Downs, Conservation Director, Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club
Karen Edelstein, GIS and Mapping Consultant
One of the key questions to be considered by the presenters will be how the newly revised SGEIS differs from the one released and widely decried nearly two years ago. During that time, much more has been learned about hydrofracking as it is conducted in other states, especially in neighboring Pennsylvania. Significant new restrictions and protections have been written in the new revised draft, using problems in Pennsylvania as lessons. Those who attend the event will learn whatâs better about this draft, what concerns remain, and what are some recommendations for the DEC.
Attendees will be encouraged to submit comments on the newly revised SGEIS to the DEC. Template comment letters, addresses, and online links will be provided to participants and made available widely afterwards.
A second public forum will be held in Ithaca in early fall to address the community, social and economic impacts section of the SGEIS. This final section of the SGEIS will be released to the public in August. All public comments on the SGEIS, parts 1 and 2, will be due to DEC on or about October 1.
This event will be videotaped and available through the internet at http://www.shaleshockmedia.org several days following the meeting.
The forum is sponsored by numerous local organizations including:
Shaleshock Action Alliance
ROUSE (Residents Opposing Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction)
DRAC (Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition)
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
Social Justice Committee, First Unitarian Church of Ithaca
Brewery Ommegang and the Business Coalition
ENSAW (Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water)
GDACC (Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County)
Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking
Concerned Citizens of Ulysses
Danby Gas Drilling Task Force
League of Women Voters of Tompkins County
CPFL (Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes)
C-CARE (Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy)
People for a Healthy Environment
PAUSE (Promoting Alternatives to Unsafe Sources of Energy)
Delaware Action Group
Interfaith Action for Healing Earth
New Yorkers for Sustainable Energy Solutions Statewide
Coalition to Protect New York
Finger Lakes Progressives
Committee on Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation, Ithaca First Presbyterian Church
Tompkins County Council of Governments Task Force on Gas Drilling
For more information contact Martha Robertson: email@example.com, 274-5434; Hilary Lambert: firstname.lastname@example.org, Sara Hess: email@example.com.
Powerpoints from the presenters are here:
Total Run time: 2:14:04 (134 min)
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